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13 civilian, 16 insurgents killed in Herat airstrike

By Farhad Naibkhel-KABUL: At least 13 civilians and 16 insurgents have been killed in an airstrike carried out in western Herat province on Monday night, said officials.

“An airstrike targeted a Taliban center in Bakhtabad area of Herat province have killed at least 16 armed Taliban insurgents, and wounded four others,” Herat Provincial Spokesman, Jailani Farhad told Afghanistan Times.

However, he also talked about civilian causality, lamenting that 13 civilians have been killed and seven others received injures in the air attack.

Moreover, he added that 19 prisoners had been fled Taliban imprisonment after airstrike pounded Taliban’s center. However, it is not clear whether Afghan or foreign forces carried out this attack. “Still it is not clear, but delegation has been assigned to probe the incident,” he added.

“Not sure, and still it is not clear, but this attack might have been carried out by Afghan security forces,” Deputy Spokesman for Ministry of Defense, Mohammad Radmanish said.

Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan by sending an email said, “Our understanding is that this was an Afghan Air Force strike.”

However, often civilian were targeted through airstrikes in conflict areas in different provinces of Afghanistan by Afghan and foreign forces. But still the government as well as foreign troops failed to take a clear strategy not to harm civilians and prevent casualties during airstrike nationwide.

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